Pros and Cons of Pursuing Clinical Specialization in Physical Therapy

Physical therapists looking to expand their services and gain a competitive edge may find the solution in clinical specialization.  H. Steven Sadowsky, PT, RRT, MS, CCS, Assistant Professor and Associate Chair for Professional Education at Northwestern University, recently discussed clinical specialization at the opening ceremony of the APTA 2010 Combined Sections Meeting. Today, he shares with P.T. Talker some of the advantages and disadvantages he has realized by obtaining clinical specialization.

The American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) clinical specialization program allows physical therapists to build upon their professional education and experience to gain greater knowledge in a specific area of practice.  There are 8 areas of specialization that the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties (ABPTS) certifies including Cardiovascular and Pulmonary, Clinical Electrophysiology, Geriatrics, Neurology, Orthopaedics, Pediatrics, Sports and Women’s Health Physical Therapy.  Listen now to learn more about the benefits of clinical specialist certification.

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